After reading yesterday’s blog where I advised people not to wait to follow their dreams, I got two e-mails from readers telling me that they want to experience the fulltime RV lifestyle but can’t because A) In one case their daughter told them if they do she will disown them and they will never know their grandchildren; and B) In the second case, if they delay retirement and continue working for another five years, until age 70, they will get almost $400 more in Social Security between the two of them.
My response to both of them was that yes, they can do it if they really want to. If the daughter of the first couple issued me an ultimatum like that I’d wave goodbye as I drove away. As I told them, what happens next if they cave in to her demand? If they can’t babysit will she disown them? If they don’t buy her or the kids the appropriate Christmas and birthday gifts are they out in the cold? Because I guarantee you that if you give somebody that selfish control over your life, they are going to abuse it.
To the second couple, is $400 a month really a deal breaker? That’s about $13 a day. Are they willing to trade an additional five years of their lives for $13 a day? I would not trade the joys and adventures we have had out here on the road for a hundred bucks a day! And who says that five years from now they will still be around and be healthy enough to follow their dreams? If they are planning to work anyway, maybe they could workamp part time to offset what they might get in additional Social Security.
Speaking of Social Security, Miss Terry and I both reach a milestone this year, being able to apply for Social Security. Actually, Terry can apply this month and I can in July. Yes, she’s a cradle robber and I’m her boy toy. There is a lot of debate over waiting until age 65 or 70 or whatever, but we’ll take what we can get now, thank you just the same. Not that it’s a huge amount, but what the heck, it will buy a pizza now and then.
Today is the last day to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of The Last Call, a Bill Travis mystery by my friend, bestselling author George Weir. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
It’s been an emotional few days for us and we have spent most of our time at the hospital. Yesterday our friend Shar was moved into hospice and now we are just doing what we can to be there for her husband Jim.
Thought For The Day – May your life preach more loudly than your lips.